A teacher fakes an illness, admits she did it and then appeals the board’s decision to fire her, according to ABC News on May 31. Ashley Barker, a Laurel Elementary school first grade teacher in Florida was suspended for supposedly lying about having a terminal illness so she could leave school early and take extra time off from her job.
The school board earlier this week recommended that Barker be terminated. The teacher could not be reached for her comment. She is appealing the school board’s verdict and is currently on suspension without pay in the interim according to a school district statement.
ABC News obtained Barker’s termination letter, and it states that the school administrator received about 120 emails over less than the past 12 months that were sent by Barker stating that not only she was terminally ill, but so was her father. The principal, Julia Allen, permitted the teacher extra days off and the flexibility to leave early if she needed to according to the termination letter.
The termination letter stated that it was discovered later that Barker and her father were not sick and that she had lied in the emails according to Assistant Superintendent Dennis Dunn.
“When (Personnel Investigator Manny) Rodriguez asked you what you did during the time you did not go to work or were allowed to leave work early, you responded that you stayed home,” Dunn’s letter said.
The termination letter determined that there was “just cause” for her to be fired from her job. It is unknown exactly what illness Barker and her father allegedly were suffering from and they could not be reached for their comment. Julie Togba, district spokeswoman would not mention how they found out that Barker was lying, but she did state that they had never seen anything like it in their school district before.
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